Georgetown forward Craig Shelton is the Washington area's college basketball player of the year and leads a 10-man All-Metropolitan squad selected by the Washington Post.

Shelton won player-of-the-year honors by a whisker over his teammate, 6-foot-3 guard John Duren; together they led the Hoyas to a 24-5 record, best in Georgetown's 72-year basket-ball history.

For the first time, the Post is naming a 10-man first team. It includes two other Georgetown players, forward Steve Martin and guard Eric (Sleepy) Floyd, and is top-heavy with under-classmen.

Only three seniors are among the top 10 -- Martin, Maryland center Larry Gibson and Navy forward Kevin Sinnett, the top scorer and rebounder in Mid history.

Four of the five players on last year's first team repeated: forward Russell (Boo) Bowers of American, the area's leading scorer; forward Albert King of Maryland; center Mike Zagardo of George Washington, and Shelton.

Shelton, playing for the first time free of injuries, was Georgetown's inside scoring and rebounding force. He averaged 16.2 points per game on 60.4 percent accuracy from the field and 77.3 percent marksmanship from the foul line. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds per game.

Maryland forward Buck Williams was a narrow winner over Floyd as the freshman of the year, an honor won last year by Bowers.

The team was selected by staff writers covering Washington-area college basketball last season.